Trump: Knife crime left London hospital ‘like a war zone’

Media captionTrump: Blood on London hospital floor US President Donald Trump has criticised the level of knife crime in London, comparing one of the city’s hospitals to a “war zone”. His comments came in a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA), in which he defended US gun laws. He also told the firearms lobby’s […]

Local election results 2018: The results in maps and charts

With the final result declared Labour has taken control of Tower Hamlets, but has failed to take other target councils in London, while the Conservatives have lost control of two councils overall. The Lib Dems have gained four councils, two of them in London. UKIP has lost over 120 councillors and the Greens have a […]

Local election results 2018: No clear winner as Labour and Tories neck and neck

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images No clear winner has emerged from the local elections in England. As the final election result was declared in the London borough of Tower Hamlets overnight, Labour sealed their best result in the capital since 1971. But their failure to secure key targets such as Wandsworth saw Theresa May claiming “success” […]

Labour fail to make significant inroads

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “There’s much more to come and it’s going to get even better” Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour achieved “solid” English local election results despite his party failing to make the sort of gains it had hoped for. The party failed to take several targets from the Tories, including Wandsworth, but won back […]

UKIP official likens party to the Black Death after big losses

Image copyright AFP/Getty UKIP is “dormant” like the Black Death, its general secretary said after it suffered heavy losses in the English local elections. With 99 of the 150 councils declared, the party had won just two seats – both in Derby – and lost 92. But general secretary Paul Oakley said it was “not […]

Sir Vince Cable: Lib Dem fightback on after local elections

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable says his party is “beginning the fightback” after gaining dozens of seats in the English local elections. “We are reasserting ourselves as a major national force,” he told supporters in Richmond in London, where the party won control from the Tories. It marks an improvement from the party’s poor […]

Local elections: Greens say they are ‘England’s fourth party’

Image copyright PA The Green Party defied expectations in a “David and Goliath” local election battle against larger parties, its co-leader says. Caroline Lucas hailed results in target areas like Richmond-upon-Thames – where they gained four seats – and Sheffield, where they increased by two amid a bitter row about tree-felling. The Greens said they […]

Local elections 2018: Mixed picture for Labour and Tories

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Labour failed to take Wandsworth council in London – to the delight of Tory campaigners Labour and the Conservatives have both lost control of key councils in local elections across England. Labour failed to take several targets from the Tories, including Wandsworth in London, but won back Plymouth and became […]

Local elections 2018: Council results being declared across England

Image copyright PA Local election results are being declared across England as counting continues up and down the country. Labour sources have played down talk of historic gains in London, saying Wandsworth and Westminster, seen as possible targets, were “out of reach”. The party is on course to take Trafford but the Conservatives are celebrating […]